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Find Your Financial Grit: A Step-by-Step Guide

Winning with money is not an easy path to walk. The experience can definitely feel like a walk through the mud. If financial success had a mascot, it would definitely be the iconic tortoise from "The Tortoise and the Hare." How does the Tortoise win with a clear disadvantage and the odds stacked against him? … Continue reading Find Your Financial Grit: A Step-by-Step Guide

Seeing Results: 3 Essential Training Disciplines

Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things. - Peter Drucker Do you consider yourself a naturally gifted person, or would you place yourself staunchly with the vast majority of us that have had to learn skills the hard way? Even if you are naturally skilled, have you found that you are … Continue reading Seeing Results: 3 Essential Training Disciplines

3 Questions for Mindful Eating

Someone Needs to Say It Food is not good or evil, nor do your decisions about what to eat translate into you being a good, bad, smart, or stupid person. There is no magical transitive power that food possesses that indicates your personality or your character. Free yourself from "relating" with food - it's not … Continue reading 3 Questions for Mindful Eating

It Starts With One: 5 Steps for Breaking Down Our Greatest Challenges

The Thousand Mile Journey Lao Tzu said "the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." The hardest part is deciding when to step. The six focus factors below call on us to pay attention to areas of our lives where we may be lacking in determination, fulfillment, progress, or goals. A journey of … Continue reading It Starts With One: 5 Steps for Breaking Down Our Greatest Challenges

Paying Off Debt: It’s All About ME

Should I pay extra on my student loan and mortgage debts to get out of debt quicker, or should I just pay the monthly amount due and put extra into my investments? I've been asked this question more times than I can now specifically recall. My old answer was: "Are you nuts?! Pay off the … Continue reading Paying Off Debt: It’s All About ME

The Dreamer’s Playbook: Four Transcendent Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

You have an idea. That's how it always starts. A bright, shiny, unique baby idea that, when fully developed, will be a game changer for society, and for your bank account. It's all you can think about. You know that if you can operationalize this incredible idea, you'll make millions. It consumes you. It's that good. You … Continue reading The Dreamer’s Playbook: Four Transcendent Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

Sizzling Tulips: A Cautionary Tale for Investors

What follows is a cautionary tale that perfectly illustrates why - when it comes to investing - we should all avoid the sizzle. The year is 1634. The place - Holland. Tulips made their way to the Dutch from Turkey and, being a new flower, were pretty pricey. People were paying a pretty penny for … Continue reading Sizzling Tulips: A Cautionary Tale for Investors

Goal Strong: Pursuing Authentic Inspiration

Setting and reaching goals is something that gets a ton of lip service in the self-help/leadership development world. How many of us are actually following through with what we said we would do? How many of us actually become Goal Strong? Lip Service Let's take New Year's resolutions as an example. Of the 41% of … Continue reading Goal Strong: Pursuing Authentic Inspiration

Meditation for Beginners

In this post, Level 1 Life contributing author Christine Wilcox, M.S., shares meditation tips for beginners. Christine is a 200-hour Certified Yoga Instructor and Holistic Health Coach in Syracuse, NY. To learn more or connect with Christine, visit her bio. Developing a meditation practice is like anything else – it takes practice! Regular meditation will help you … Continue reading Meditation for Beginners

The Tough Truth About Time Management

Our perceived reality: life is crazy, and if only I could better manage my time, I could reach all of my goals and feel good about my decisions. The tough truth: time management is not a "thing." Feeling loss-of-control over time is a symptom of a few other things that need managing. Falling behind on … Continue reading The Tough Truth About Time Management

Dream Costs: 5 Steps for Figuring Future Expenses

This is the third post in a series on American PI:E™ – the recipe for early retirement, true autonomy, and reclaiming your American dream. Last time we looked at the left side of the financial autonomy equation: PI:E. We talked about different ways to generate passive income and why that's important to achieving real financial independence. … Continue reading Dream Costs: 5 Steps for Figuring Future Expenses

Shoveling Snow: What the Blizzard of 2017 Taught Us About Discipline

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. - Hebrews 12:11 The path to success is rarely paved with gold or laid out with a red carpet. More often, it looks like our driveway this … Continue reading Shoveling Snow: What the Blizzard of 2017 Taught Us About Discipline